The easy connection between Tennessee and North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains, Newfound Gap Road, is closed and will be for some time. According to the National Park Service,
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) due to a landslide which undercut the road near mile marker 22 between Collins Creeks and Webb Overlook at 9:40 am. The slide is estimated to be a 200 foot section of road extending 1000 foot down slope, but the full extent of the damage is not yet known. The closure is expected to be in effect for an extended period of time.This is a major slide, and I'm guessing it will take months to get the road put back together. Right now, I'm just thankful that I'll still be able to access Little River during my Spring Break trip home. Let's hope there are no more major slides in the Park and that everyone stays safe with all the high water!